There hasn’t been a better goal this weekend. From the initial interception, to the perfect back heel, to the unstoppable shot, Manchester City put on five-second clinic in the 22nd minute against Newcastle. The result was an early 2-0 lead.
The play started about 28 yards from City’s goal, with Newcastle striker Papiss Cissé trying to turn on a ball from his midfield. But Vincent Kompany was there, and showing every bit of the quality that makes him one of the world’s best defenders, the Belgian international not only snuffed out the Magpies’ movement but started one of his own.
Carrying the ball out of his half, Kompany saw Edin Dzeko with his back to goal at the edge of City’s attacking third. A ball rolled to feet allowed Dzeko to back heel into the space vacated by Fabricio Coloccini (who’d followed the big Bosnian up the pitch).
That’s where Sergio Aguero, cutting across Steven Taylor, collected the ball and shot from near the edge of the penalty area, just to the right of goal. The next sound viewers heard was the ping of the far post, the Argentine sniper having put his shot off the woodwork and in.
There are plenty of places Newcastle could have stopped the goal, but you rarely see this level of execution – execution that’s staked City to an early, two-goal lead. Though the Magpies won’t be happy with their performance, City’s been incredible over the match’s first half hour.